10+ Simple, Healthy Salmon Recipes, Including Baked Harissa Salmon
This oven-baked harissa salmon recipe is light, fresh, and flavourful! It's an easy, healthy weeknight dinner idea ready in 35-minutes! Plus, more healthy salmon recipes to explore!
- 1/2 cup quinoa, dry
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 cups kale, shredded or torn
- 1 lemon, juice + zest
- 3 Tbsp golden raisins
- Salt + pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large pot on the stove, cook quinoa with water according to package directions. Quinoa is done once all liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
Meanwhile, whisk harissa paste, minced garlic, and olive oil together in a small bowl.
Place salmon fillets into a baking dish and coat with harissa mixture. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
While salmon bakes, heat a large pan over medium and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Sauté kale until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Add sautéed kale to the pot with cooked quinoa, along with lemon juice, zest, and golden raisins. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve quinoa mixture and top with baked salmon. Enjoy!
*IMPORTANT NOTE: There are different types of harissa paste available, some are spicy and others are mild. Please look for and use a mild harissa paste, or else this recipe will be too spicy! That is, unless you love a lot of spice :)
*LEFTOVERS: Cooked salmon will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. You can reheat salmon in the oven, stovetop, or microwave, although it will compromise the texture a little. Because of this, I often like eating any leftover salmon cold. Throw it into a salad or add it to a sandwich or wrap!
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS: While I recommend keeping the salmon part of the recipe as is, you can easily serve the harissa salmon with something other than the lemon quinoa! For instance:
- instead of quinoa you can use another grain like brown rice, farro, or couscous.
- instead of kale you could use another leafy green, like spinach or chard.
- you could also serve the harissa salmon over a simple pasta, or with a side of potatoes and roasted veggies